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DOUBLE: Former <em>New Vision</em> Chess Champ Munanira Raring To Go

By Vision Reporter

Added 17th April 2003 03:00 AM

ISAAC Munanira, one of the youngest winners of The New Vision International chess Championship, wants to clinch a double.

ISAAC Munanira, one of the youngest winners of The New Vision International chess Championship, wants to clinch a double.

By William Muwonge
ISAAC Munanira, one of the youngest winners of The New Vision International chess Championship, wants to clinch a double.
Munanira, 22, tore the form-book apart at the 2000 event to claim his first major.
The eight-round swiss event, to run for four days, starts today at the Uganda Communications Institute, Nakawa.
Former Olympian Munanira was joined on the winners’ stand by his brother Simon Rugenza, also raring to go.
Munanira, a Makerere University electrical engineering student, will use the sh5m event to re-launch his career.
“My training has been interrupted by studies, but I have the capacity to compete,” Munanira said.
Munanira said the biggest challenge to the home players will come from the Kenyans, including the champion Humphrey Andolo.
The top guns, including two-time winner Bob Bibasa, are drawn in the open event whose winner will get sh0.975m.
There is also a subsidiary event where junior champion Edgar Lemerigar is the top man.
Champion Juliet Nakandi leads the way in the ladies’ event while Medi Kawuma is the main star in the boys’ event.
The New Vision Managing Director and Editor-in-Chief, William Pike, will make the first move at 9.00am.

Men’s winners since 1994:
2002-A. Andolo
2001-B. Bibasa
2000- I. Munanira
1999-G. Nsubuga
1998-B. Bibasa
1997-G. Makumbi
1996-E. Kabuye
1995-N. Lauritsen
1994-N. Lauritsen

DOUBLE: Former <em>New Vision</em> Chess Champ Munanira Raring To Go

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